How often do you cut your hair? While we humans have complete freedom when it comes to choosing our hairstyle some animals, like sheep, can’t give themselves haircuts and have to count on others to do it for them!
That being said, if sheep’s wool isn’t short, things can get messy pretty fast! We really didn’t know how messy until we heard the story of Baarack, a very special sheep from Australia.
Baraack was lost in the Australian wilderness and in poor health when rescuers found him.
His story begins when someone contacted Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary near Lancefield, Victoria, reporting they found an ailing sheep in a forest. More significantly, Baraack was in a need of major haircut as he hadn’t been shorn in a very long time!
The poor animal could barely see, overgrown in fleece, according to rescuers
Just how difficult it was for Baraack to move and even see becomes pretty apparent when we look at the images taken before his thick wool was finally shorn. It must’ve been quite an ordeal, out there all alone in the wilderness, carrying all that weight!
“It would appear Baarack was once an owned sheep,” said Kyle Behrend of the Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary. “He had at one time been ear-tagged, however these appear to have been torn out by the thick matted fleece around his face. Sheep need to be shorn at least annually otherwise the fleece continues to grow and grow, as happened here.”
It was time to get down to work and rid Baraack of his fleece but his rescuers had no idea of how serious the situation was until they realized how much the fleece actually weighed!
Baraack has yielded a fleece weighing more than 75 pounds!
Quite an impressive yield, you have to agree, considering a German Shepherd weighs about 30 – 40 kg (66 – 88 pounds) on average while Baraacks’s fleece weighed about 35 kilos which is about 78 pounds.
“Whilst his hooves were in great condition from running over the rocks in the forest, he was in a bit of a bad way,” Behrend said. “He was underweight, and due to all of the wool around his face he could barely see.”
With all that weight being lifted, Baraack could once again see without problems and be nursed back to health
It’s been a difficult time for Baraack, abandoned, alone, and in desperate need of a haircut. He is currently staying with other rescued sheep at Edgar’s Mission and enjoying his new, elegant haircut that he could only dream of while he was lost in the forest.
“(It) “all goes to show what incredibly resilient and brave animals sheep really are and we could not love them any more if we tried,” Behrend said proudly.
And the world’s heaviest fleece record belongs to…
Not to Baraack but a wooly sheep by the name of Chris whose fleece weighed a stunning 41.1 kilograms and has been confirmed by the Guinness World Records as the wooliest sheep ever recorded in 2015.
The previous record-holder was a sheep from New Zealand whose fleece weighed 28.9 kilograms which puts Baraack in second place on the list of heaviest fleece ever weighted, though this is yet to be made official.
Even without being a record-holder, Baraack is a very special sheep and we wish him a long and happy life!
See Baraack’s incredible transformation in the video below.